Space Mission: Ice Moon

Educators Paper
Wednesday, 8 August
4 - 4:30 pm
Room 8

A multimedia web site with videoconferencing that supports a role-playing activity for Key Stage 3 (11-16) science students. The project puts pupils in the roles of scientific experts in an Emergency Response Team after a space disaster. Working in five teams, 18 to 30 pupils have to manage and oversee the rescue of four astronauts who have become lost in ice tunnels on Jupiter's moon Europa. They must use and develop all their skills as scientists, mathematicians, planetary geographers, and communicators. The role of Mission Commander is played by a facilitator.

The overarching aim of the project is to support the vision and goals of the 21st Century Science curriculum by enabling students to work as scientists and engage with ideas that will enable them to be scientifically literate and well-informed consumers of science.


Hans Daanen
hans.daanen (at)